Toddler dies in fire, his dog huddled at his side

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy.

Spokane Fire Department spokesman Brian Schaeffer says the dog also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Schaeffer says three other children and an adult escaped from the blaze in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood.

Schaeffer says it appears that the dog stayed behind in an attempt to protect the boy and that the fire was very intense in the part of the house where they were found.

The battery in the house’s smoke detector had been removed and it was not working.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and police are investigating the child’s death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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